Located along Flinders Street, The Messy Tomato specialises in Italian food, with many of their dishes well-suited for sharing. The food served at the restaurant can roughly be divided into two categories, with the breakfast and brunch dishes leaning towards café-style food while their lunch dishes focuses more on pasta.
Their Tiramisu French Toast had a very eye-catching presentation, looking like a scene from nature. The brioche French toast was cooked just right and the mascarpone cream complemented it nicely. Topping the cream layer was chocolate soil to add a chocolatey taste, without making the dish too sweet. Edible flowers, micro herbs and berries completed the dish, with the berries balancing out the sweetness with their slight tartness.
Tiramisu French Toast (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We liked that the potato rosti in the Uova Con Funghi was light and fluffy and the mushrooms had a delectable earthy flavour. The poached egg had a runny yolk and the bacon was cooked to the right degree. Diners that like to enhance the earthy taste can pour the truffle sauce over the elements.
Uova Con Funghi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for vegetarians, their Messy Omelette was cooked to perfection and the asparagus and capsicum that formed part of the vegetable-based filling still retained a bit of bite to them. The inclusion of tomatoes imparted a hint of sweetness to the dish. The toasted ciabatta was served with the dish. For diners that like some meat, chorizo sausage can be added for a bit of an extra cost.
Messy Omelette (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The ambience is what you would expect from a small café, with diners having the choice of indoor or outdoor seating. It is known to get quite busy so it is advisable to arrive early if you don't want to wait too long for a table.